Tessa Lark, violinist
With a repertoire of both classical and cutting-edge works, violinist Tessa has wide-ranging musical interests. Hailing from Richmond, Ky., she was the first American violinist to win the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg International Violin Competition (2012) since 1960. Her previous accomplishments include first prizes at both the Johansen International Violin Competition (2006) and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition (2009). A native of Kentucky, she brings an American folk perspective to classical music, doubling as a bluegrass fiddler. Tessa graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and a Master of Music in 2012. In September 2014, Tessa Lark was awarded the Silver Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.  This win placed her higher in the competition than any other American violinist since 1982.  Tessa also won the prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. With support from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, Tessa recorded and commercially produced (on the Naxos recording label) her 2017 debut CD of Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias for Solo Violin.  In 2016, she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant.  In early 2017, she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series.  She will appear in two tours with Musicians from Marlboro in 2018.  She holds a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program. Click here for more information on Tessa Lark.


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